The Flaming Lips spent seven years making the phantasmagorical sci-fi flick Christmas on Mars, finally released in 2008. But Lips frontman Wayne Coyne isn’t afraid to jump into moviemaking again. Coyne says that he’s already working on another movie, and this one might not even take as long.
Coyne plans to film the movie in Oklahoma City. He tells Billboard, “My only goal was that I didn’t have to build space station-looking sets every time I wanted to have someone say something, only because I built those sets myself every time we shot something for Christmas on Mars over the seven years we took to make it. This one is set in someone’s house and in a back yard and in a slaughterhouse; all those are available to me right here, so I don’t have to build everything this time.” Sounds much easier…but how does Wayne Coyne have access to a slaughterhouse?
Coyne also raises the prospect of at least one pretty awesome celebrity cameo: “I’m gonna try to get real actors, too, celebrities to show up and have fun with us for a couple of nights. I’m in the process of begging Justin Timberlake to be part of it; if I’m lucky I’ll be able to wear him down in another year.”
Timberlake does have a history of appearing in mind-bogglingly weird feature films; he did, after all, hold down starring roles in both Southland Tales and The Love Guru. And he appeared with the Lips on “Top of the Pops”, while wearing a dolphin suit.
Coyne says that he’s beginning work on the film, and that he and bandmate Steven Drozd have started work on the film’s music. But this one could also take a while: “Because I get to do it with people I love and it’s my art, I don’t care how long it takes.”
Meanwhile, Coyne will be busy with his regular frontman duties this year. The Flaming Lips will tour the U.S. in the coming months.